Tenting season delayed at standard Mornington Peninsula websites

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Cr O’Connor said residents made thousands of calls to state emergency services and council last Friday and weekend.

“There are many days and weeks of recovery ahead of us, and we are continuing to evaluate the extent of the storm damage.”

Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board chairman Roger Lancia said campers are an important part of summer tourism in the area.

He said many stores near the campsite rely on RVs during the high season.

“Campers are essential for their summer,” he said.

Mr Lancia, who is also the general manager of Pt Leo Estate, said campers were visiting companies across the peninsula.

“They are just as important to the tourism industry as someone who has booked a hotel room or an Airbnb.”

He said many companies have been badly hit by the recent storms and are unable to open for Melbourne Cup weekend as they prepare for a rush of visitors.

“There are a lot of companies that have missed trading for an entire weekend,” he said. “That would be devastating.”

In Rye, Vulcano Gelato’s owner Maria Azevedo said it had been so busy lately that local businesses would not have been affected by the late start of the camping season.

She said many people moved to the Mornington Peninsula permanently as well.

“It’s so full up here,” she said. “It was busy every day.”

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